Driver was adjusting lorry load when he fell

A LORRY driver who died after plummeting from a flyover onto a busy carriageway had been adjusting his vehicle's load when he lost his balance and fell. Motorists called police at 9.56am on Monday (April 20) after seeing a man fall from the A428 flyover near Wybos

A LORRY driver who died after plummeting from a flyover onto a busy carriageway had been adjusting his load when he lost his balance and fell.

Motorists called police at 9.56am on Monday (April 20) after seeing a man fall from the A428 flyover near Wyboston Lakes onto the A1 southbound below.

A spokesman for Bedfordshire police said the driver had stopped his vehicle on the south side of the flyover and got out. He was then seen climbing onto the lorry and adjusting the straps, which were holding a number of skips in place. It is then reported that he lost his balance and fell backwards over the edge of the bridge and onto the A1.

The 47-year-old man from Northamptonshire suffered massive head and chest injuries and died at the scene. He has not yet been formally identified.

Inspectors from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) have been carrying out checks at the site and an investigation is expected to be launched.

A HSE spokesman said: "HSE is working with the police and two inspectors and are visiting the site."

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The flyover and one lane of the A1 southbound at the Eaton Socon roundabout were closed until 12.30pm on Monday (April 20).

This story will be updated when more information becomes available.

INFORMATION: Anyone with information is asked to contact Bedfordshire road policing unit on 01234 841212.

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